At a location with a breathtaking view, on a steep slope of Gerania Mountains, above Loutraki and near Corinth lies St. Patapios monastery.
The monastery is located in a group of buildings, which constitutes an extension of the ancient hermitage of the 12th century. The monastery was founded and extended around the hermitage through labors and sacrifices by Fr. Nectarios Marmarinos, Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Corinth. The view and its physical and religious beauty rewards the pilgrim-visitor. Today, it functions as a convent with significant charitable and social work, such as the operation of a women’s nursing home.
The most important reward for the pilgrim is the holy relic of St. Patapios the wonderworker (celebration 8th of December). Filled with fragrance and miraculous grace, he adorns and protects the holy monastery. Crowds of pious pilgrims from all over Greece come to the monastery to venerate the saint. Exposed reverently his Relic inside a wooden urn, in the depth of a plain cave, it shows to the pilgrim the true destination of his existence. St. Patapios’s cave is near the Assumption of the Theotokos church, where lies the icon of Panagia Eleousa.
The holy Relic was found in a wonderful way by the priest Constantinos Sousanis. At 1904 a group of Loutrakiots led by their priest, excavates the cave in order to broaden the space. As they throw a built mantel at the west of the cave, they discovered the holy relic incorruptible and fragrant, while on top of it they found a wooden cross and byzantine coins. The altar table and the table of oblation are in a hewn cavity of the rock.
Moreover, at the monastery one can find St. Hypomone’s holy skull. Saint Hypomone, before becoming a nun, was Empress Helen, the mother of the last Eastern Roman emperor, Constantine Palaiologos. She became an empress as wife of Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos and had put St. Patapios’s relic under her protection.
After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 from the Turks, the relative of the emperor of Palaiologon and nephew of Saint Ypomoni, Angelis Notaras, in order to protect the imperishable lodge of Saint Patapio, he transported it to the Loytraki of Peloponnesus in a cave-hermitage, which later on desolated and in this way for centuries the holy Relic of Saint Patapio remained in obscurity, until the providence of God led it to its discovery before 100 years.
St. Patapios the desert dweller
He was named this way because he lived isolated in the desert, leaving back the noise of the cosmopolitan life. He was born at the 4th century in Thebes, Egypt, of pious Christian parents, next to whom he was raised with care and diligence learning the holy scripts.
When he came to an age, Saint Patapios went to the desert. It was the time then that the departure and ascetic life at the area of Egypt was at great prosperity. Very quickly he was distinguished and became popular for his great ascetic practice and virtuousness, so much, that many people came close to him to benefit spiritually from the acquaintance and inversion with him.
St Patapios loved so much the peace of the desert that he began to feel unhappy, when he saw all these people coming to him to praise and admire him for his ascetic life and his holiness. He never permit themselves to believe what people believe of them; if they do so, they have lost everything. That is why the Saint, after having lived years in the Thebaid desert, in order for his traces to disappear, he left and went to Constantinople.
He went to the holy place of Theotokos of Blachernae. There he lived unknown and poor through many hardships and spiritual contemplation, like in the desert, reaching the point where he did miracles. After he founded in Istanbul the monastery of Egypt, where he passed away.
The remembrance of the Saint is celebrated on 8th of October and also on Tuesday of Easter as the memory of the day they found his relic.
The monastery of St Patapios is located at an altitude of 650-700 meters, it is female and it hosts 40 nuns. It abstains 14 kilometers from the popular city of the spa town of Loytraki and about 85 kilometers from Athens.
Τel: 27440 22496 και 22493 Τ.Κ. 20300 Loutraki of Corinth